Sunday, 3 March 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 74: Fri Mar 15

Je, tu, il elle (Akerman, 1976): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.20pm
This film is screening as part of the BFI Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.

Chicago Reader review: 'Chantal Akerman directed and plays the lead in this early (1974) black-and-white feature that charts three successive stages of its heroine's love life. In the first part she lives like a hermit, eating only sugar, compulsively rearranging the furniture in her one-room flat, and apparently writing and rewriting a love letter; in part two she hitches a ride with a truck driver and eventually gives him a hand job; in part three she arrives at the home of her female lover, and they proceed to make frantic love. This is every bit as obsessive and as eerie as Akerman's later Jeanne Dielman and Toute une nuit, though not as striking on a visual level; as in all her best work, however, the minimalist structure is both potent and haunting.'
Jonathan Rosenabum

Here is an extract.

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